COMP 228
Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
Last Offered Fall 2013
Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ARAB 228 / COMP 228
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

In this course we will study prominent texts and authors of the modern Arab world. The range of genres and themes of this literature is vast. In particular, we will analyze the debates around modernity and the importance given to social engagement in these texts. Our readings include works by authors that have received some notoriety outside of the Arab world such as Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988. We will also read the Iraqi poets Nazik al-Malaika and Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, the Palestinians Ghassan Kanafani and Mahmoud Darwish, and Tayyib Salih from the Sudan. Included in our readings are the famous autobiography by the Moroccan Muhammad Shukri as well as women’s literature by Hanan al-Sheikh, Huda Barakat and Nawal Sadawi. All readings are in English. This literature course fulfils the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative (EDI), as it engages the Arab world from a humanistic perspective that aims to promote cultural awareness. A fundamental goal of the course is to engage the diversity of approaches to sexuality, religion, gender and politics that are so prominent in contemporary literature from the Arab world.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1013
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active and consistent class participation, two short paper (3-5 pages) and a final paper (5-7 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARAB 228 Division I COMP 228 Division I
Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives
INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives

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